Our Nature Workshops cater to adult learners, providing an engaging and hands-on approach to exploring the wonders of the natural world in the beautiful setting of the Rocky Mountains.
Upcoming Workshops Include:
June 2-4, 2024 – Colorado Life Zones with Steve Johnson
Spend time in each local life zone gaining insights and discovering connections between plants, animals, geology, and climate.
June 19 -21, 2024 – Birds By Habitat with Debbie Bangs
Gain foundational knowledge about the birds that are found in the montane through alpine tundra life zones in the spring and summer seasons.
July 8-10, 2024 – Rocky Mountain Wildflowers with Virginia Kent
Locate and learn about the many wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park.
July 22-24, 2024 – Geology of Rocky Mountain National Park with Harvey Haines
Explore the geology of Rocky Mountain National Park learning how and when the mountains were formed.
August 4-6, 2024 – On The Trails with Steve Johnson
Awaken your curiosity and experience some of the lesser known trails in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.
August 12-14, 2024 – History of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park Area with Larry Schneider
Learn about the players and events that defined the area that is now Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
September 29- October 1, 2024 – Elk Ecology with Steve Johnson
Fall is the time for elk to be in rut. Join us as we look into the amazing world of the Wapati (elk), in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
October 7-9, 2024 – Astronomy at the YMCA with Dr. Robert Potter and Dr. Jim Gallt
Participants will learn about the history of astronomy, how to observe the sky, the solar system, stars and constellations, and the basics of stellar birth and death, including white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.
November 25-26, 2024 – Winter Native Plants and Nature Wreaths with Megan Bach and Debbie Bangs
Join us to learn why native grasses are important, how to identify grasses and winter shrubs, and master skill of creating decorative wreaths just in time for the holidays.
Each workshop is $200. Book your lodging separately.
Call the Activity Office at 970-586-3341 x1104 for more information.